Engineering Specialist (N. Charleston, SC)

Location
Clemson, Pickens County
Posted
Mar 27, 2014
Employment Type
Full Time

Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary - Time Limited


POSITION DESCRIPTION:

1. JOB PURPOSE

Clemson University has built a large wind turbine drive train test facility to provide testing services to the wind industry with the goal of improving reliability and reducing the cost of energy delivered.  The facility located at the Charleston Naval Complex in North Charleston, SC.  Test equipment in facility is under final commissioning now and will transition into operations during 2014. The mission of the facility   is to provide high quality services to wind turbine industry and energy sector for testing of up to 15 MW wind turbines, drive trains and gearboxes, generators and convertors, software and grid connections.  The facility will strive to establish long term partnerships with industry for research and educational opportunities related to systems engineering, advanced materials, lubricants, advanced testing methodologies and predictive failure analysis. Please see more details at clemsonenergy.com

The Engineering Specialist will report directly to the Director of Operations and will work closely with other team members, customers, 3rd parties Contractors and students. He /She will assume day-to-day operation responsibility for the testing at the 7.5 MW and/or 15 MW test rigs and will be responsible for overall management and execution of customer test protocols.  This position requires an individual with a good understanding and experience in testing of mechanical systems, a commitment to safety and environmental stewardship, outstanding interpersonal skills, excellent organization skills, strong engineering background and sound business acumen. The Engineering Specialist will work closely with customers and partners of the facility to safely meet their testing requirements.  Job performance will be based on the ability to effectively manage the safe and responsible operation of the test rigs, continually improving test rig utilization and customer satisfaction.  

2. JOB FUNCTIONS

TEST CAMPAIGN PREPARATION
Test readiness, test execution on test benches and final high quality test reports  E/30%

TEST RIGS OPERATION
Test protocols interpretation, test rig control, maintenance, calibration and service  E/30%

TEST CENTER INTERFACES
Day-to-day operational issues - electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, cooling, controls  E/15%

SAFETY
Implementation, safety walks, risk assessments, compliance with safety state and federal regulations  E/15%

OTHER
Customer interaction, students support, grants and research collaboration, short term projects and other tasks under test center needs and management request  E/10%
QUALIFICATIONS:

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
BS engineering degree from an accredited university, college or institution of higher learning.
Other technical degree can be accepted with right combination of experience and skills set

PREFERRED IN ADDITION TO THE MINIMUM:
MS degree or higher in Mechanical  Engineering

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
At least 3 years strong  practical background and hands on experience in mechanical or electro-mechanical systems testing, test benches commissioning or operation, rotating equipment maintenance or servicing in MW power range

Experience in  test  campaign planning and test readiness tracking,  test protocols  and test execution, high quality test reports preparation and test results interpretation

Good understanding and knowledge of safety and environmental regulations related to large scale testing and industrial facilities. Safety mindset, focus  and safety attitude

Experience in HALT, HASS, MEOST or Reliability testing for large mechanical or electro-mechanical structures, or wind turbine components

Knowledge of industrial or wind turbine components: gearboxes, bearings, motors, generators, convertors

Experience with testing in the filed or at test centers under standards or certification bodies requirements

Experience in data acquisition,  data processing, sensors

Experience with hydraulic equipment and components

Critical combination of  electrical, mechanical ,  controls and troubleshooting skills

Experience in crane operations and/or  rigging and heavy lifts 

Able to work overtime during critical periods of test campaigns if necessary and requested

Able to work both as team member and individually with minimum supervision

Have a positive attitude and proactive position towards colleagues, customers and students

Good organization and interpersonal skills. Able  effectively manage multiple priorities or tasks

Good oral and written communication skills. Proven working knowledge in English language
PAY & WORK SCHEDULE:

Standard Hrs: 37.5; Salary commensurate with education and experience
BENEFITS INFORMATION:

Employees who are in time limited positions will earn one and one-quarter days of Annual and Sick Leave per month for a total of thirty (30) days per year. Eligible part-timers will earn days on a pro rata basis.
JOB LOCATION:

This position is located OFF CAMPUS at the CU Restoration Institute in N. Charleston
JEANNE CLERY ACT:

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act requires institutions of higher education to disclose campus security information including crime statistics for the campus and surrounding areas.  As a current or prospective Clemson University employee, you have a right to obtain a copy of this information for this institution.   For more information regarding our Employment, Campus Safety and Benefits, please visit the Human Resources - Prospective Employees web page shown below:

http://www.clemson.edu/cao/humanresources/prospective/
CLOSING STATEMENT:

Clemson University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information.PI74803294